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By Rockoff Dermatology Center
August 13, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Tattoo Removal  

Tattoos are designed to be permanent, however, it is still possible to have one removed from the skin if you no longer want to exhibit the design. Today, the most common method for removing unwanted tattoos is through laser treatment. If you are looking to lose a tattoo, Dr. Alan Rockoff here at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Andover and Brookline, MA, can help—read on to learn more!

Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal involves the use of a high-intensity light beam directed at the unwanted tattoo. As our dermatologist aims the laser at the tattoo, it emits pulses of light that are absorbed by the tattooed skin. This light then breaks up the pigment colors of the tattoo, causing them to gradually fade more and more with each laser treatment session.

The total number of laser treatment sessions needed depends on several factors, including the colors used to create the tattoo. In general, multiple sessions are needed to completely remove any tattoo, regardless of color or size. Black and blue ink both break down fairly easily, so generally, tattoos done in all black or blue are the easiest to remove. Tattoos done with other colors might require more laser sessions to completely remove the tattoo. Large tattoos can also require several laser treatment sessions before they fade completely.

Caring for Your Skin Post-Treatment

It is important to care for your skin following each laser tattoo removal session. One of the most important things that you can do is apply sunscreen to the area where the tattoo is being removed anytime you will be outside in the sun. Laser treatment can also make the skin temporarily more sensitive and vulnerable to sunburn, so it is vital that you protect the skin with sunscreen. Other ways to care for your skin following laser treatment include using an ice pack to soothe any discomfort, as well as applying antibiotic ointment and covering the area with a bandage.

Contact Us

If you need a tattoo removed, we can help. For tattoo removal in Brookline, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rockoff by calling The Rockoff Dermatology Center at (617) 731-2390. Appointments are also available at the Andover office by calling (978) 475-9230.

By Rockoff Dermatology Center
August 13, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method for eliminating unwanted hair from the face and body. Available from Dr. Alan Rockoff here at The Rockoff Dermatology Center in Andover and Brookline, MA, laser hair removal has many advantages over shaving, waxing, and tweezing—read on to learn all about it!

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a long-term, non-invasive method for safely and effectively removing unwanted hair from the face and body. Laser hair removal can be used on all skin and hair types.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Works?

Laser hair removal treatment is performed by gently passing beams of light across the area of skin where hair is being removed. The laser removes hair by emitting gentle beams of light, which are then absorbed by the hair follicles in the skin. The hair follicles are then damaged as they absorb the light, thus stalling new hair growth. Hair grows in different stages and the laser only destroys hairs that are in the growth stage at the time of treatment.

How Many Laser Hair Removal Sessions are Needed?

Since hair grows in stages, several treatments will be needed to completely remove unwanted hair from a particular area of the face or body. The total number of treatments needed varies by individual. Darker hairs usually respond better to laser hair removal so fewer treatments are needed to achieve the desired result as compared to red, blonde, or gray hairs, which are often more difficult to remove. During a consultation at either our Andover or Brookline, MA, office, our dermatologist can determine how many treatments you are likely to need to achieve the results you want.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

Laser hair removal treatments are generally comfortable and are well tolerated by most people. Some individuals might experience mild discomfort from the laser, however, most people do not.

What are the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

There are many benefits to laser hair removal, including long-term to potentially permanent hair removal. Other benefits of laser hair removal include:

  • Eliminating hair on the face and body
  • Being effective on a variety of skin and hair types
  • Delivering the longest lasting hair removal results
  • Preventing nicks, cuts, in-grown hairs, and other shaving concerns
  • Saving time by cutting down on daily or weekly hair removal routines

Interested? Contact Us

Laser hair removal is an effective way to achieve long-lasting hair removal without the hassle of shaving or the pain of waxing. For laser hair removal in Andover, dial (978) 475-9230, and for the Brookline office dial (617) 731-2390.

By Rockoff Dermatology Center
June 05, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Learn more about intense pulse light therapy and the ways in which it can improve your skin’s appearance.

Although age spots happen to most of us, these unsightly brown spots can often make us feel rather embarrassed about our appearance.Youthful_Skin These skin pigmentations can appear just about anywhere, but they are most commonly found on the face, hands, and other areas of the body that are more likely to be exposed to sunlight. Luckily, intense pulse light (IPL) photorejuvenation can get rid of these unpleasant brown spots.


What is Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?

This special laser treatment, which also goes by the name photorejuvenation, targets the face to address common imperfections such as brown spots, uneven skin tone (blotchy skin) and broken blood vessels. It can even reduce redness associated with rosacea! Along with getting rid of these imperfections, ITL also stimulates the production of collagen, which keeps skin supple and firm while also smoothing away fine lines.


What should I expect from my IPL treatment?

This non-invasive treatment can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on what area or areas we are treating. IPL treatment can be used to treat the face, neck, chest, hands, and arms. While some patients report a slight stinging, our Andover, MA, skin doctor can apply a numbing gel over the area beforehand so that you don’t feel any discomfort.


Is there a recovery period?

It’s normal for the skin to be slightly red after treatment. You may also notice that age spots, freckles, and other skin pigmentations are darker. This will go away over the course of 3-7 days. Besides these minor side effects, however, there is no recovery period associated with treatment!


How many IPL therapy sessions will I need?

Most patients will need to undergo 4-5 treatments spaced out about 4 weeks apart. Of course, the number of treatment sessions will depend on the type and severity of the issues you want to treat with IPL photorejuvenation. This is something we would be happy to discuss with your during the consultation and planning phase.


Give us a call!

Are you interested in getting IPL phototherapy in Brookline or Andover, MA? If you want to find out more about this treatment and whether you’re a good candidate, call The Rockoff Dermatology Center today!

By Rockoff Dermatology Center
June 05, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Fraxel  

Find out how our Fraxel laser could treat most of your skin concerns.

From fine lines to acne scars, we all have certain imperfections that keep our skin from looking its best. But what if we told you that your nice skindermatologist in Brookline and Andover, MA, Dr. Alan Rockoff, can reduce or even eliminate these common flaws to reveal healthier, more radiant skin? If your interest is piqued, it’s time to find out about Fraxel laser skin resurfacing!


What is Fraxel?

While many people turn to Fraxel laser treatment to treat acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation, that list is only a small sampling of the skin problems that this simple laser treatment can improve. While the face is the most commonly treated area, patients may also choose to get Fraxel laser therapy on the chest, neck, back, hands, and arms.

Fraxel treatment uses a dual laser system, with one laser designed to target sun damage and pigmentations (e.g. age spots), while the other is used to penetrate a bit deeper to break up scar tissue, smooth away wrinkles, and improve the skin’s overall tone and texture.


What does the Fraxel procedure entail?

Before we begin treatment at our Brookline and Andover offices, your skin doctor will apply a numbing solution over the skin. Once the numbing gel has taken effect (taking about 45 minutes), the laser is directed over the skin. This procedure only takes about 30 minutes to complete, and while you may feel a slight pricking sensation, the numbing gel will help to greatly minimize any discomfort.


Is there a recovery period?

While Fraxel laser treatment isn’t invasive, it will leave skin red and peeling. Because of this, many patients choose to take a few days off from work in order to allow their skin time to heel. It can take up to 5 days for the peeling and redness to go away. During this time, it’s important that you wear sunscreen to protect your skin whenever you go outside.


How many Fraxel sessions will I need?

This will depend on the type and severity of the issues you are treating. Minor pigmentations can get removed in as little as one or two sessions, while more serious scarring or wrinkles can take up to 5 sessions. You can expect, on average, to go through about 3-5 sessions spaced several weeks apart.


Give us a call!

Are you interested in learning more about the Fraxel laser and how it can help you? If so, call The Rockoff Dermatology Center in both Brookline and Andover, MA, today to learn more!

By Rockoff Dermatology Center
May 28, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rejuvapen  

Improve the tone and tightness of your skin’s appearance with us.

As we get older our skin naturally begins to sag and lose its elasticity. This is something that will happen to all of us at some point; however, this doesn’t mean that you just have to accept that this is the way it is. In fact, our Brookline, MA, dermatologist Dr. Alan Rockoff offers two non-invasive skin tightening procedures that could improve your appearance and make you look younger.

Rejuvapen Micro Needling

Rejuvapen is a small handheld device containing several micro-needles that when they pierce the skin stimulates the body’s natural healing response. As a result, this procedure is great for those dealing with acne scarring, as the needles can breakup the scars and create smoother skin. It can also be used for other imperfections as well such as age spots, lines, and wrinkles.

However, since it stimulates the production of collagen this also means that it has the ability to lift loose or sagging skin to improve firmness and tightness for a younger appearance. It will take time for the body to begin producing collagen and elastin, so it will take a few weeks after treatment to see results. In fact, it can take up to 3 or 4 months to achieve the full results.

Rejuvapen is most often used on the face, but it can also be used on other parts of the body such as the arms, chest or neck. It is also compatible with all skin types.


Instead of using very small needles like Rejuvapen, Pelleve uses radiofrequency waves to heat up the layers of the skin to stimulate collagen to tighten and firm skin. It will also promote the development of new collagen, so you will continue to see results for weeks after treatment. You may be an ideal candidate for Pelleve if you are looking to treat:

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Loose skin
  • Wrinkles and creases around the nose and mouth

There is absolutely no downtime associated with this treatment and it is non-invasive, meaning that no needles or incisions are necessary. Anywhere from 3-5 treatments are often recommend in order to promote optimal collagen rebuilding, but this is something that our Brookline, MA, skin doctor will discuss with you during your consultation. After all, our treatments are customized to meet your needs.

If you are interested in the skin tightening treatments we offer here in Brookline and Andover, MA, then call The Rockoff Dermatology Center to schedule your no-risk consultation with us.

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